Les maitres fous

Crazy Teachers
by Jean Rouch Documentary Francia 1967 85'

It is the description of a particular ritual performed by the Houka, who are mainly immigrant workers that come to Accra from the regions of Niger to gather for their great annual cerimony. After a public confession, the ritual of being possessed starts. Saliva coming out of the mouth, the trembling of hands and panting are the signs of the coming of the "˜geniuses of strength', impersonations of emblematic figures of British colonialism: the corporal on watch, the governor, the doctor, the captain's wife, the general, the steam engine driver, etc. The ritual reaches its peak with the sacrifice of a dog, which is eaten by the possessed. The next day, they all go back to their everyday lives, except for the dog.

Director:

Jean Rouch

Country:

Francia

Film submission

23° Festival

CINEMAMBIENTE

29 May - 03 June 2020
TORINO

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